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Rudd's plan a mixed bag for Tassie

Christine Milne 25 Jul 2013

"Kevin Rudd's $100 million plan is a mixed bag for Tasmania," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"There is no way federal dollars should be propping up Ta Ann. Tasmania's brand of clean, green and clever needs to be boosted, not undermined.

"Tasmania needs new industries that build on our environment and our global reputation.

"Tasmanians have been waiting for the hundred million dollars from the intergovernmental agreement to boost regional jobs and new industries. But this money was always contingent upon protection of the forests.

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New Minister should consult experts on Tarkine

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said today that Environment Minister Mark Butler should be spending time in Tasmania talking to experts on the endangered species under threat by Tarkine mine proposals.

"The failure of Minister Butler's predecessor to fully consider official conservation advice on endangered species was the basis of the court decision against Shree's proposed mine at Nelson Bay River," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Minister Butler’s Tarkine comments disappointing

Christine Milne 18 Jul 2013

Minister Mark Butler's comments on the review of the Shree Minerals Tarkine decision this morning suggest it will be all show and no substance, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"Minister Butler says he will meet with groups and individuals brought together by local member and avowed pro-mining advocate Sid Sidebottom," Senator Milne said.

"While meeting with local groups is part of his job, Minister Butler should also be meeting with tourism operators and producers who rely on the clean, green Tasmanian brand.

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Intervention needed to save South West from reckless logging plan

Scott Ludlam 2 Jul 2013

The decision of the Environmental Protection Authority to allow the logging of almost 40 per cent of Western Australia's jarrah, karri and marri forests is a disaster in the making, the Greens warned today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the South West of the State is a precious biodiversity hotspot that warrants Federal protection from the "misnamed Forest Management Plan 2014-2023".

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Coalition a risk to nation's World Heritage areas

Christine Milne 25 Jun 2013

The Coalition today refused to support Tasmania's new World Heritage area extension or a logging ban in World Heritage areas anywhere in the nation, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"Every Coalition senator in the chamber today voted against my motion which sought to celebrate and show support for our precious World Heritage areas and to prohibit logging," Senator Milne said.

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Greens slam Tasmanian forest payouts management

Christine Milne 19 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens have slammed the design and management of the recent $45 million Tasmanian forest contractor exit program after the release today of a Senate inquiry report into the program.

"The Senate inquiry has confirmed the Auditor-General's criticism of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, which kept inadequate records, distributed grants before writing compliance and risk management plans, and did not follow its own grant guidelines, " Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Tasmanian forests: a message from Christine

Dear friend,

From our beginning, the Greens have stood with the community to protect Australia's precious forests.

Yesterday the Tasmanian Parliament passed legislation that was supposed to protect some of our most important iconic wilderness areas.

Tragically, the legislation fails to end the long-term threats to Tasmanian native forests by delaying conservation outcomes until 2014 and beyond.

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